Silent comedy refers to a style of acting closely related to mime. This style was invented to bring comedy to the silent film ear between the 1900’s – 1920’s before a soundtrack on film was technologically practicable. Silent comedy is very rarely practiced in the age we live in now however it was still a huge influence in the comedy media we know today.
Comedians like Charlie Chaplin placed a very heavy attention on visual and physical humor this is known as a ‘sight gag’ to entertain the audience. These sight gags mainly consisted of extremely exaggerated forms of violence and abuse; this practice became known as slapstick. The term ‘slapstick’ refers to a tricked hitting stick which makes a loud sound upon contact all be it light contact. The ‘Prat fall’ slipping on a banana peel, getting soaked with water or r
eceiving a pie in the face were all common characteristics of slapstick comedy.
Whilst shooting our music video when using shots of our band actors we will use a slap stick style of comedy to show the enjoyment and relationship the band members have between one another. This will reinforce the idea of being in a band rather than just a group of actors. Also it will make it more enjoyable to watch and view as an audience member.